Is it a trick or treat?

By IZZY YUHAS–  Year after year, children are warned to check their candy for razors, drugs, poisons, and even maggots that are hidden in halloween candy.  Yearly, cases of candy being laced with drugs make some parents too worried to even allow their children to go trick-or-treating. Already this year, Boston police have released a warning about “‘Spongebob’ looking candy” that is laced with drugs. 

The fright that is connected to these events started around the 1950’s and continues to terrorize citizens today. The chain of cases all started with a man lacing drugs into childrens’ candy, and even today the case is copied by other people.

Along with drugs being laced, there are myths about people sticking razors or other sharp objects into candy.  Every year, cases similar to this pop up on the internet with common warning.  

“Yes, I’ve heard stories about this,” Korbin Erickson (8) says, “but I do think it’s just a myth to scare kids.”

 Sofia Wiggins (8) says “Yes, but I’ve never been scared of them.”

Most reports of drugs and sharp objects in candy turn out to be urban legends or myths. It does not help that the first few cases were set ups.

There’s no need to be scared when trick or treating; students just need to be sure to still follow street safety and be cautious of strangers. Most of the time, candy tampering is a hoax.  Common sense and carefully checking of all treats before indulging are all that are need to have a safe and happy Halloween.


IJHS students sweet on candy

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Paper beats technology

BY GABI ISENBERG – The IJHS is home to many useful resources, and one of those are online textbooks. 

Instead of hauling around heavy textbooks to classes, some may think that online books are a better alternative, teachers included.  Everything in this day and age is digital, but some students  prefer actual hardback textbooks. Sophia Scardina (6), is one of them.  

“[I p]robably [prefer] real textbooks just because I can flip to my page easily and highlight or underline. I don’t use my online textbooks a lot, but when I do, I don’t think they help me that much”

On the other hand, some people enjoy online textbooks better and think that they help them as students, including this 7th grader, Gavin Dunmire. “ I prefer online textbooks because they take up less space in your pile of things and you can access them from almost anywhere. I do think that online textbooks help me because if for some reason I can’t finish my work in class, I can finish it at home where I have computer access.” 

The Indiana Area School District’s Technology Services web page states, ‘Indiana Area School District continually develops and infuses meaningful instructional technology into the education of PreK-12 students. Properly utilized instructional technology should engage the student and facilitate learning of curriculum. Resources in the form of devices and digital tools are essential as is sustained professional development.”

Sarah Genchur (6) agrees  that technology has an important place in students’ lives. “because it’s just easier to use technology.” 

 Mrs. katie Woodrow, a 6th-grade science and social studies teacher, also thinks that online text books are helpful.

“ I think that having multiple or different versions of a text are beneficial. I think that some kids are really tech-savvy and they enjoy being able to use their textbook that way. I just think that technology is where we’re heading and it makes life much easier, obviously than carrying around a big heavy book. As long as the sources are there for us to use, then I think it’s great!” 

Online and real textbooks are only a fraction of the wonderful benefits that the IJHS has and students can use them to their advantage.